Saturday, March 01, 2014
Thus ends the great SparkPeople Activity Tracker v. fitBit debate.
My 6 year old had been begging to wear a tracker on and off for a while now. I let him wear my SPAT for an hour at Jump Rope For Heart night at the school last night. Annnnddd... It's gone. I went back to check the gym and I couldn't find it. I talked to the principal and she was going to have the custodian check as he swept, but... I don't have a ton of faith that it will turn up.
I'm trying to not be upset. It's a thing. Just a thing. He is clearly upset that it's gone and disappointed in himself. But, clearly, since I'm up at 5:05 AM blogging about it, I'm still a little upset.
I was raised with the idea that things are important. I don't think that's what my parents meant to do, but their focus on thrift and not wasting money is so deeply ingrained in me. It makes it hard to not feel upset that a $60 object is missing. I am incapable of enjoying things when it feels like wasted money. I don't get massages or manicures or spend my money on transient experiences. I've never been to an amusement park because they are expensive and don't last.
It's actually something I don't like about myself. I don't feel like I need to change so that we just spend like mad, but my kids think we are poor because we budget everything and if its not in the budget, we don't spend it. But, the last thing I want them to worry about is money. We are fine financially. Not great, but we are saving for retirement, college and a rainy day. We've got food, mortgage, utilities all covered. We don't have a ton of extra, but we are fine. But, because I was raised that thrift is above all, I worry and stress over nickels and dimes, panicked that I'm being wasteful. And my kids sense that. And it's not fair to them.
I'm trying hard to not show Joshua how upset I am. He doesn't need to carry that.
I did my weigh in this week. I've held steady for 2 weeks, which is okay but a bit disappointing too. I'm burning 5000 cals a week through exercise and watching what I eat... Perhaps not carefully enough though... So, I'm trying to really get a grip on what's going in my mouth!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I got my Zip yesterday.
Today is the first day of wearing both my Zip and Spark People Activity Tracker (SPAT). It's been a busy day, with grocery shopping, library story time, a long workout, and laundry. I've been on my feet a lot.
The SPAT says I've done 19,478 steps and burned 1,075 calories through ALL activity with 824 of those being "workout calories". It says I've "worked out" for 107 minutes.
The Zip says I've done 21,009 steps and burned 2,422 calories. It does not break down workout calories, "activity calories" and Basal Metabolic Rate calories. (I had burned 547 calories when I woke up this morning!). I have been "active" 113 minutes.
I am not sure which I like more after just one day. I like the interface on my phone for the Zip. I like the fact that I have interaction with my husby on the Zip. I like the BMR being part of the calorie burn on the Zip. I like the breakdown of the calories and activity on the SPAT.
Yesterday was one of the worst days I have had in a very long time. I had a complete melt down. I was just completely emotionally exhausted and when a play date fell through because little Miss A was melting down and screaming "NAP!!!!" I lost it and cried and cried and cried for hours.
I still managed a seriously half-arsed workout yesterday, but I was a wreck. I didn't have the energy to make food, so we ordered pizza and I over ate. But... I actually showed a lot of restraint for ME. I wanted to eat a whole pizza. I ate 5 pieces, so 5/8 of a pizza. I ate ONE Godiva chocolate cookie left from V-Day not the whole box. I had two glasses of wine, not a bottle.
The husby and I had it out. We get to this point occasionally. We "speak" different "love languages" and he was giving me what he needs and I've been giving him what I need (and getting insanely jealous about sending him out with the boys for a weekend and couple of dinners out with the guys, while I stay home with the kids... even more time with the KIDS...) And, he's been giving me hugs and back rubs when that is what HE wants from me and jealous of them...
So, hopefully-- we will get a year or two out of this big one before we hit this point again. I will eventually forget to speak his native "love language" and he will forget mine and we will have another big fight.
I didn't weigh in today. It's THAT one week of the month where I decided I don't need to weigh in. With as fragile as I am because of yesterday and TOM it just wasn't worth it if the scale moved the wrong direction (as I kind of suspect it might have...)
So, that's my blog for the day.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
There was a time in my life where being a "spark celeb" was on the horizon and I added friends, right and left. It was important to be important.
Today, I just sat down and deleted inactive folks, people I've never actually had any interactions with and the like. I needed to clean house. I needed to know that my friends list are people that are actually my spark family and to make it easier to reconnect and get active on spark in more than just a tracking capacity. So, I'm sorry if I accidentally deleted a friend who is active!!!
It's a snow day here in DC. We got about 8 inches of snow, followed by rain, followed by a few hours of dry, followed by more rain, and now it's snowing again. I predict tomorrow will be another day at home. Since we did finally get our street plowed, I suspect my hubby will be willing to run and pick us up a pizza for a movie night... because I know he wants to get me a card for Valentine's Day. :) Last minute kind of guy!
I got my Spark Activity Tracker the other day. I've been wearing it since Saturday. I'm not sure I love it. I really want to love it... but it's a bit tempermental and the interface isn't great. My hubs got a fit bit at the same time and he is really liking his. It syncs to his phone, which is terrific and it gives a more complete calorie burned picture (since it takes into consideration your basal metabolic rate).
So, I ordered a fit bit today too... I'm going to wear both for a while, since the SPAT has a 30 day return on it, if it isn't what I need... and then decide which one I keep and send the other back.
But, regardless of the flaws in the SPAT... I'm enjoying having the motivation and the reminder to move more. I've racked up my fitness minutes! And, 3 weeks into my re-focusing on fitness and breaking the status quo... and another pound is gone. 3 weeks, 3 pounds. I know it won't last forever, but since I only have 15 lbs to lose, I will take it and be glad!!!
I'm also feeling it. I'm feeling my increased activity. I'm sleeping better. I'm a bit sore. I feel... well... really pretty good. I noticed last night in the mirror that my tummy is smaller. For real smaller. I always lose weight in my belly first and hips and thighs last, so it's no surprise that those 3 lbs are off my belly.
I'm going to be working on being a better sparker. To be use the site for more than activity tracking. To get reconnected and be a better friend.
Peace and Blessings my friends!!!
Thursday, February 06, 2014
It's been a while since I've been weighing in regularly. I decided last week that I would start weighing in on Thursdays and to keep myself accountable and to help me stay on track.
Last week I weighed 152.6.
Today I weighed 151.4.
It's been a while since I've done this and seen the scale go down instead of up. I'm happy.
It's just a pound, but it's my pound. I did what I needed to do to lose a pound and I lost a pound.
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